Bad bosses and office culture blamed for tech firms’ recruitment and retention crisis

May 17, 2019
Bad bosses and office culture blamed for tech firms’ recruitment and retention crisis

Employees in tech start-ups and scale-ups tend to leave their jobs because of work culture or bad management having joined them based on salary, a new report has revealed. The report, produced by Bristol-headquartered tech and engineering specialist recruitment firm ISL, surveyed nearly 200 people who had left their jobs...

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Thrings acts for steel stockholder as it moves into manufacturing with takeover of near neighbour

May 16, 2019
Thrings acts for steel stockholder as it moves into manufacturing with takeover of near neighbour

The Bristol office of regional law firm Thrings has helped the UK’s largest independent pre-stressing steel stockholder and distributor buy a steel manufacturing business based less than a mile away. Megasteel, based just outside Malmesbury, Wiltshire, acquired Sweetnam & Bradley, based in the town, for an undisclosed sum. Both...

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Foot Anstey makes five partner promotions to recognise ‘well-respected’ lawyers

May 16, 2019
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South West law firm Foot Anstey has made up three of its lawyers to partner while also promoting two existing partners to higher equity levels. Will Whitt (banking) and Mark Rhys-Jones (dispute resolution) – both based in the firm’s Bristol office – are now mid-equity and senior equity partner...

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Partner promotion for Bishop Fleming audit director recognises her ‘outstanding contribution’

May 15, 2019
Partner promotion for Bishop Fleming audit director recognises her ‘outstanding contribution’

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming’s corporate audit director Ria Burridge has been promoted to partner less than three years after joining the firm. Ria, who is based in Bishop Fleming’s Bristol office, takes up her new role from June 1.  The firm said the promotion was in recognition of her...

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Happy returns for Andrews as it lands property awards haul for second year running

May 15, 2019
Happy returns for Andrews as it lands property awards haul for second year running

Estate agency and lettings group Andrews has retained two prestigious awards at a major annual residential property industry event. The Keynsham-headquartered group landed a raft of awards at the ESTAs last year – the first time it had entered. The ESTAs are held in high regard by the industry...

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100 jobs on the way after Bristol specialist lighting firm accelerates into South Korean car market

May 15, 2019
100 jobs on the way after Bristol specialist lighting firm accelerates into South Korean car market

Bristol-based lighting firm Global Design Solutions (GDS) is to create 100 jobs and quadruple its turnover after securing contracts worth £500,000 with South Korean car giants Kia and Hyundai. The jobs, which will be spread across its factory in St Annes and a new plant in South Korea, follow...

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Bristol Arena boss appointed as chair of The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

May 14, 2019
Bristol Arena boss appointed as chair of The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

The Prince’s Trust has appointed YTL Arena Bristol managing director Andrew Billingham as chair of its South West Development Committee (SWDC). Andrew, who has been vice-chair for four years, will take over from Mike Beesley, the CEO of Clifton-based recruitment group RSG who set up the SWDC in 2015. ...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 12, 2019
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Monday May 13 Finals: Angling Direct, Clearstar Inc., Centralnic Group Interims: Diploma, Wey Education, TBC Bank, Bank of Cyprus Holdings Trading statements: Centrica, Dignity Economic announcement: Halifax House Price Index Tuesday May 14 Finals: Braemar Shipping Services, Concepta, Great Eastern Energy Corp, Land Securities, Premier Foods Interims: EI Group,...

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Co-working becomes ‘pro-working’ as high-spec shared office space is officially opened

May 10, 2019
Co-working becomes ‘pro-working’ as high-spec shared office space is officially opened

Bristol’s first office building dedicated to ‘pro-working’ has been officially opened as competition in the shared workspace market intensifies. Origin Workspace says Phase 1 of its £9m renovation of the former Bristol office of international property consultancy JLL office at 40 Berkeley Square, Clifton, brings a new form of...

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